The ClubPlanet Interview:  Kaskade

The ClubPlanet Interview: Kaskade

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
08.25.2015

Having been teased with “Disarm Yourself” and “Never Sleep Alone,” we all anxiously await the release of Kaskade’s album ‘Automatic’ next month.  Although the tempo and groove may change, his signature style of emotional and honest songwriting stays constant.  Be sure to get ready to catch him on tour on October with almost twenty dates scheduled.  His live show is one you do not want to miss.

RS: How are you doing today?
Kaskade: I am doing great, how are you doing?

RS: I am doing amazingly well, I am talking to Kaskade!
Kaskade: Here on a rooftop as the sun sets in Miami, it’s beautiful!

RS: It’s gorgeous; talking about gorgeous I love your mix of the new Late Night Alumni “The This This.”
Kaskade: Thank you very much, I appreciate that.

RS: You are part of Late Night Alumni right?
Kaskade: Yes I am.

RS: How do you decide what is a Late Night Alumni song and what is a Kaskade song?
Kaskade: It’s pretty easy; Late Night Alumni is a democracy. There are four members of the band and John and Becky are the ones that tour. “4 AM” was mostly written by me and if I come up with the lyrics and it’s an idea that’s mine then it’s a Kaskade song. If it starts with Becky then it becomes more of a democracy and we decide that it’s a Late Night Alumni thing and that we are all going to sit and write together.

RS:Is there new Kaskade music coming?
Kas kade: There is, I have been working on an album for quite a while now and just signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records. They signed me before they listened to the new record. I played some of the stuff that I was working on and that made them even more excited. I am constantly working on music but a new album is coming in the fall.

RS: What kind of sound should we be looking for?
Kaskade: I am always looking for what is new. I am on the road so much and living in a night club that sonically whatever catches my ear is the style that I find myself imitating in the studio. Songwriting wise, I kind of have my style and I feel very comfortable in that zone and so I don’t press that very much. People seem to really like that so I keep it very honest and true.

RS: Being in nightclubs so much how do you maintain your healthy lifestyle and everything else that is part of Kaskade touring so much.
Kaskade: It is a difficult balance but it can be achieved. You have to put it first and I think that a lot of people in the scene get caught up with all the stuff that is around the music but for me it has always been about music and making that a priority has helped me with my lifestyle. 

RS: Where do you go to find music?
Kaskade: So much gets sent to me these days and really I don’t have to look too far beyond my Dropbox. I get emails and I get the drop box and SoundCloud links and I filter through a lot of it. Spotify has been really cool to discover new music. In the last 6 months I have been turned on to that and the discovery process in that is really cool because you can just subscribe to different stations. I find as I am driving around LA, something will come on and catch my ear and I can look it up when I am home and get turned on to something new.

RS: What inspired the run that you did in Miami?
Kaskade: A fan hit me up on Twitter and said that he would really love to meet me and asked me if there was any place that I could meet him. I told him that I didn’t have a meet and greet this year, but that I was going running Friday morning and that I ran every morning. He was like “I am a runner, my shoes are packed.” When I did that, 200 people hit me up and said they wanted to run with me. I said that if they are in Miami. I’ll figure out a time and place and we will go running.


RS: That’s awesome. You tour a lot and you are always at the clubs. At the end of the night which hurts more, your ears from the sound or your eyes from all the phone cameras?
Kaskade: Ears from the sound. I lack self-control when it comes to volume. For me, louder is always better.

RS: If you could go back and talk to your 18 year old self , what advice would you give?
Kaskade: Find more self-control when it comes to volume.

RS: What would like to say to all of your fans out there?
Kaskade: I love you guys, thank you for all of the support, you are the best.



Interview conducted during WMC 2015.

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